Thursday, 2 October 2014

zucchini, chia + walnut cake

 Hello - hope your week is going well ☺ We are enjoying school holidays - so there's lots of lovely, relaxed days.
It's time for a recipe share - I've been making this one quite a bit lately!

I remember growing up as a young girl and watching my mum in the kitchen, baking and cooking away.  She always made lots of yummy food!  I think that's where I've got my love of baking from ☺ 
I have a note book with hand-written recipes - a collection of favourites that I remember my mum making.  I used the recipe below as inspiration for the recipe I'm going to share - I've tweaked the ingredient list just a little ☺
  

 Ingredients + Method
 3 eggs
100 gr rapadura sugar
100 gr macadamia oil, butter or coconut oil
1 zucchini
80 gr walnuts
200 gr spelt white flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder

Grate the zucchini by hand or in thermomix - 3 seconds Sp 5.
Set aside.
Beat together eggs + sugar - 30 seconds Sp 5
Add in oil/butter til all combined.
Add in all the remaining ingredients and mix together - I do this for about 10 seconds on Sp 4.  There is no need to over-mix!

Pour into a lined loaf tin or muffin cases - here I've made muffins - it makes 10 large size ones ☺
Bake in 180 degree oven for approx 20 mins or til done.
 This cake is moist and tasty!  I love it with a dollop of butter ☺ Enjoy for a yummy morning tea with coffee or tea.

I hope you will give these a go ..................................
Enjoy the weekend and I'll be back next week with something creative.

Creating with love + happiness ♥

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

crochet

 hello + happy October ☺
I have a scrap page to share - it's been 'hanging around' on my desk for a few weeks - I did start it for a challenge but it got left behind ........ the other day I decided I should finish it!!
 It's a page about one of my favourite hobbies at the moment ☺ Crochet!!  This was a small project that I made - a snood - I love these colours and wanted to record a few thoughts about this hobby.
I've used bits from Heidi Swapp with the tags, colour shine and frames.  The silver stickers are also from her collection.
Here are some close-up's:


So another scrappy page done.  I hope October will bring plenty more ☺

Creating with love + happiness ♥

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

jellywares yarn club

hello - back with some more sharing from the crochet department ☺  I think this is fast becoming my favourite hobby!
I recently signed up for the Spring Jellywares Yarn Club which I came across on Instagram - I had seen some of my other friends making beautiful things from this club and I loved the idea of receiving crochet goodies each month and creating something with it!!  
 The September installment arrived - we received some lovely Noro yarn, a gorgeous calico hand-stamped project bag and a letter which included links to projects we might like to try ........................
I couldn't wait to get started!!
 I settled for a circular snood (scarf)  I've made this one before and thought this yarn would really suit the design, showing off the gorgeous colours.
As you can see, I couldn't wait to see all the colours in this ball of yarn, so I went about un-ravelling - probably not the best idea as I spent a little bit more time, rewinding the ball neatly, so I could crochet with it!
 Here is is all completed - I just love the array of colours.
 I used the v-stitch (again) ; has been one of my favourite stitches to work with lately.  I love the finished texture.
And here it is, sitting nicely around my neck. It wraps around twice and I can position it to show certain colours.
I've actually just placed a little order for some more of this amazing yarn - I'm planning to make the scarf a little longer and do another project.  The Noro yarn was beautiful to work with and it has a nice organic feel to it.
I can't wait to see what Jodie has planned for October ☺

Thanks for coming by.
Creating with love + happiness ♥

Saturday, 27 September 2014

crochet baby blanket

 hello ☺  oh this last week of Term 3 has been so busy and kept me away from here.  I have lots of projects 'on the go' at the moment - ranging from scrapbooking + canvas art to crocheting + baking goodies - so much to share ........................
Now it's school holidays - so happy about that - a bit more relaxed routine and spending time with my boys ☺

Today I'm sharing a special little project that I've been working on over the past weeks.  I stopped all my current crochet projects to get this one done!


 On a recent trip to Spotlight I came across some beautiful yarn - Baby Bella bamboo blend - 80% bamboo + 20% merino wool. 
It was going out on sale, so I grabbed a bundle in white with the plan to make a baby blanket for my sisters new baby☺
 I decided on a simple, straight-forward design and used the rope stitch (or v-stitch)
This is nice and quick!!  I only had a few weeks to make it ☺
 It was such a lovely yarn to work with - the end result was just beautiful and I was so pleased with it.  I did a border of five single crochet - adding in two rows of grey as I wanted to keep it neutral for 'boy' or 'girl'.
 The blanket falls really nicely and needed no blocking - I would definitely like to use this yarn again.
 I can't wait to see the little baby all wrapped up!!
I hand delivered the blanket a few days ago - my sister had a baby girl - such a beautiful little bundle - I'm a proud auntie ☺

Enjoy your weekend and see you soon ♥

Thursday, 18 September 2014

raw lemon + coconut tart

 Hey everyone - today I'm sharing a sweet treat from my kitchen: Raw Lemon + Coconut Tarts.  
I was inspired to create these after a morning out, for tea and cake - I had a lemon + coconut slice which was rather yummy!  So I decided to re-created it in my own kitchen for my family ☺

 You could easily make this into one large slice, but I've chosen to put them in little tart tins - this recipe made five.  Raw cakes are quite rich, so you only really need bite size pieces ☺
 Ingredients + Method

for the base:
3/4 cup of each - medjool dates, shredded coconut + nuts of your choice

process these three ingredients together - I used my Thermomix - process for as long as it takes for the mix to come together - it doesn't need to be smooth
press into little tart tins 

for the filling:
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup 100%
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup cashews (you can soak these for a creamier mix)
2 tblsp coconut cream

mix all of these ingredients together in the Thermomix til it is creamy - you may need to scrape down the side a few times and keep processing until it's quite smooth
spread out filling over the base

the tarts are ready - refridgerate for a few hours and then enjoy.  
raw treats always need to be stored in the fridge or freezer ☺

Each little tart can be cut into four pieces- perfect for that afternoon tea ☺  I hope you enjoy these.

Creating with love + happiness ♥

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

big helper - scrap the boys

 Hello everyone ☺  Hope your week is going very well!
Today I'm sharing a scrapbook page!!!  I looked back over my blog and realised that my last scrappy page was back in June.  Although I have created a couple in that time, I haven't actually shared any here.
So I checked out a few challenges for this month to give me some direction.  For this page, I've joined in with the challenge at Scrap the Boys - the theme is 'domesticated'.
I had these cute pics of my youngest, helping me with dinner preparations - they fitted the theme well ☺

 The background paper is from American Crafts which I picked up on sale at Spotlight recently.  It had a few pre-printed elements on the page already - I love the stitching.
I've also used some Project Life cards that I received in my box of goodies from the 'snail mail-box swap' - I also used some of the packaging too - it was too creative to throw away and I love the added bit of stitching.
 On the base paper, I used a chevron stencil and modelling paste to add dimension - I also added in a strip of tape that I got from Bunnings ☺
 I had red glitter sticker letters for my title but wasn't really happy with them.  So I removed them and was left with the out-lining - something that I add to my pages .......................  I love how this turned out!!
I do have a banner style design going on here - one of my favourite designs ☺ There are a few little layers behind the photo and here you can see the vellum packaging with stitching peeking out!  The chevrons were created with a photo corner punch and I've also added in an extra circle to the top.  A few wood veneers and mini pegs ................ the page is complete.

So I did have a bit of fun on this page - I'm hoping this is the start again to lots more pages.  I have missed sharing them ☺

Thanks for coming by.
Creating with love + happiness ♥

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

canvas art - she was a modern girl with a vintage soul

 Hello ☺ I've been doing a little bit more canvas art and thought I'd share this cute piece with you all.
I recently purchased a book called Vantastic by Kate Ulman from the Fox Lane blog.
A beautiful book all about their travels in a caravan!!  I was inspired by the cover to create a canvas with a retro caravan as the theme ................. and I just love how it turned out. 
 Lots and lots of layers of paper, dressing making pattern paper and paint.
 I found this cute little quote and felt it suited the canvas and also says a little bit about me ☺

So this little canvas sits proudly in my home and makes me long for another camping holiday ................................

Thanks for coming by.
Creating with love + happiness ♥